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Monday's Man

  • Marlin Jiranek's multifaceted life

    With all that Marlin Jiranek is into — metallurgical engineering, tae kwon do, competitive shooting and bass guitar — it’s easy to recognize how he once convinced his son he was a ninja.

    The 44-year-old worked for Remington for 19 years and in January became a part of the group who started Atlas Development Group in Elizabethtown.

  • ALS advocate keeps moving

    Looking at 50-year-old Joe Wise, the average person might not realize the Rineyville resident needs help tying his shoes, writing his name and, sometimes, lifting a fork to his mouth.

    With the exception of a curvature of some of his fingers, little else about his physical presence gives away the fact that motor neurons in his body are slowly dying.

  • Games is all about business

    Rick Games has served the community in many roles.

    He spent 28 years with the Elizabethtown Fire Department including serving as chief for the last 10 years of his career. Since 2001, Games has taken on the role of president and chief operating officer of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation.

  • From little boy to senior: Where does the time go?

    There you were, blond hair, T-shirt, shorts and Nike running shoes with a stuffed bookbag that seemed to weigh you down as you walked the many steps up a steep hill from your home to catch the school bus.

  • Custodian of the past: Range foreman and crew prepare post cemeteries for holiday guests

    Visiting cemeteries in remote locations more suited to ticks and mosquitoes might not be for everyone, but for Arlin Kramer it’s just part of the job.

    As range foreman for Fort Knox range control, Kramer is in charge of maintaining scores of cemeteries, and his role is vital for the upcoming Memorial Day tours.

  • Put aside your fear of failure to erase impossible

    Live enough and you’ll see failure, take enough chances and you’ll experience failure.

    Fear of failure has handcuffed humanity, convincing many their dreams are just merely impossibilities.

    Fear is real. Failure is inevitable for all who color outside the lines. So, when should risk be taken and how do you determine it’s worth it?

  • Watch where you step in this job

    After finishing his service in the military, Jason Smith’s career went a very different direction. Once a veterinarian tech in the U.S. Army, he now is owner of PetCorps, a professional pet waste disposal business. In other words, he’s in the poop scooping business.

  • Church pastor also Air Force Reserve chaplain, instructor, author

    Credited with preventing an active duty suicide, Capt. Sonny Hernandez has not only earned recognition from the Air Force Reserve, he’s earned a doctorate, the title of published author and the admiration of those at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, where he’s the pastor.

  • Crafting a career in retirement

    As Derby Day approaches, one Hardin County resident has a special connection to one of the most famous locations in Kentucky, Churchill Downs.

    James “Tommy” Williams of Elizabethtown built pergolas for the famous track.

  • Overcoming bad choices: Central Hardin principal now leads by example

    Tim Isaacs is living proof a teenager’s bad choices don’t have to preclude success.

    When he was 14, the Central Hardin High School principal was sent to the now defunct Glen Dale Children’s Home for truancy and scrapes with the law. He was there for a year before leaving to attend Waggener High School.

    But he was still a troubled teen.